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Skyscraper: vertical cities, holodecks, and personal Dyson clouds

Skyscrapers

History. The industrialization at scale of steel. The state of things. Future heights. Arcologies.

Vertical cities

Hong Kong’s real estate problem. Urban verticality and resource efficiency. Living in coffin pods and sharing utilities.

Holodeck

IRL holodeck technology. Projecting images for multiple . Your own personal Dyson display cloud. Frickin lasers directly in your eyes. CastAR.

Skyscraper materials technology

Sand as a rubbish base for huge buildings. Building deep foundations in the desert. Wooden skyscrapers!? Sand in concrete and sand shortages. Varieties of sand. Engineered sand.

Fire

Fire suppression! Overheated air and air pressure for aircraft.

Elevators

Elevator cable lengths and limits. Maglev elevators. High-speed elevators.


PORK CHOP SANDWICHES

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Upgrade: biohacking, AI containment, and paralyzation workarounds

Image enhancement

Naive vs machine-intelligent image enhancement. “Photorealistic hallucination” and honest technical names. Reconsidering the absurdity of fictional image enhancement in the age of clever neural nets. Creative, artistic “enhancement” vs rigor.

Paralyzation workarounds

Well, breaking your spinal chord sure seems to suck. Spinal breaks and the autonomic nervous system. Bodily control via brain-machine interface.

Transhumanism

Extension of human functionality by implanted technology! Increasing neural communication speed, or shortening signal distance. Gun arms. Gun arms! Vocal device command by subvocalization.

The AI “box test”

Self-serving artificial intelligence. Yudkowsky’s AI  box test. Callback to Ex Machina. Additional stipulations. The true power of a goon with a wrench. How easy are humans to fool? Very.

Links

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Ready Player One: virtual reality haptics, digital economies, and optical trickery w/ Jolene Creighton

Featuring guest co-host
Jolene Creighton headshotJolene Creighton

Fandom

Identity according to interests. Fiction as personal and social mirror. Cultures and subcultures and super-niches.

The “Stacks”

Ad-hoc city large-scale construction. Kowloon Walled City.

Virtual Reality immersion technology

VR treadmills vs slippy-feet (Virtuix Omni). Looking silly. Scaling and translation from real-world input to virtual worlds. Manual and body haptics. Simulating moistness. Nard-stimulation for good and ill.

VR spatial awareness

Directional trickery in virtual reality. Tricking people into experiencing smaller real-world spaces as much larger in virtual reality. Saccade-driven Redirected Walking for VR.

Resolution of virtual worlds

Pixel densities and optical foci. Continuity of experience and detection of the difference between virtual and simulated worlds. Finding the clever “hacks” that will enable us to more deeply immerse ourselves in VR experiences.

Sharding

Virtual world scale and sharding vs mon-worlds.Virtu

Value systems

Real virtual economies and responsibility.

Links

Ready Player One iTunes | Amazon
Ready Player One (book) by Ernest Cline iTunes | Amazon
Saccade-driven Redirected Walking for VR YouTube
A Real Life Haptic Glove (Ready Player One Technology Today) by Smarter Every Day YouTube
The Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill by Smarter Every Day YouTube
Kowloon Walled City interactive feature WSJ
The Brookhaven Experiment Steam

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Enemy Mine : Episode 146

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Enemy Mine

What: A human and an alien struggle to get past their differences.
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James

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Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140

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Lost in Space [2018]

What: We cover the first two episode of Netflix’ rehash of the classic Lost in Space
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, nerd

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Snowpiercer : Episode 137

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Snowpiercer

What: Social commentary on a train with dreamy Chris Evans. Snowpiercer science.
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

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Timecop : Episode 135

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Timecop

What: Jean Claude kicks faces.
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

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Zardoz : Episode 132

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Zardoz

What: Bodybuilding Einstein kills things. And weird stuff happens.
Directed by: John Boorman
Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

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The Cloverfield Paradox (feat. Adrian Falcone, physics nerd) : Episode 131

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The Cloverfield Paradox

What: Event Horizon, Hanna-Barbera Edition. And then monsters.
Directed by: Julius Onah
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, general-purpose smarty pants

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Mad Max Fury Road (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 130

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Mad Max Fury Road

What: Vroom vrooom *screeee* *crash* My name is Max.
Directed by: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Featuring guest co-host
Brandon Rollins
Brandon Rollins, Game Dev

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